Every day, in every way, we are getting better and better. But don’t tell that to Hong Kong people. They will get really, really mad at you. I was just reading the latest paean to human progress by The New York Times ’ famed columnist and author Nicholas Kristof. “In the long arc of human history,” he wrote, “2019 has been the best year ever.” He is, no doubt, following the example of Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, who in two recent books, has argued that by practically every objective measure, the world is getting better and better all the time. I will say the same about Hong Kong. We have never had it so good. Our people live the longest in the world. Our gross domestic product per capita is higher than that of the United States. More young people enrol in local universities than ever. Death from childbirth, whether of the mother or child, is among the world’s lowest. According to the latest (2019) Human Freedom Index compiled by Canada’s Fraser Institute, an independent think tank, Hong Kong ranks third, behind New Zealand and Switzerland, but ahead of Canada, Australia and Germany – all in the top 10 – while Britain (14), the US (15) and Taiwan (19) lag behind. Electorally, all our district council seats are directly elected, as are more than half the seats in the legislature. After the landslide in last month’s district elections, more opposition figures sit on the Election Committee that selects candidates for the chief executive than ever. It’s not universal suffrage, but still far more democratic than anything under the British. I could go on and on with the statistics. And, contrary to a viral clip made by the niece of former chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, police have not started “disappearing” people. But that’s all beside the point. People don’t look up statistics and rankings, and then decide whether they should be dissatisfied with society, fight the government or be happy with their lives. According to other surveys, Hong Kong people are among the unhappiest in the world . After seven months of unrest, more people suffer from mental health issues . Feelings of crisis, paranoia, anger, mistrust and hysteria pervade our society. Once they reach a critical stage, our society implodes. But eventually, you and I will have to pick up the pieces. The sooner we do it and be done with the blame game, the better.